Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Alkmaar Cheese Market and Dutch Windmills Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
I wrote Viatour to find out if the tour stopped at a cheese farm in Edam and they told me that yes, the tour was of the market in Alkmaar, a stop at a windmill and then a cheese farm tour. Well, it was 1hr 15min in Alkmaar and an hour at the windmills. No stop in Edam. It advertised that you have time in Alkmaar for lunch. We had to be back to meet the bus at 11:55am - that's a really early lunch. If you want to go to Alkmaar take the train, it's far less expensive and very easy to get to. You'll also get to the market by 10am when it starts and not 10:50 when the tour arrives. There are windmills in Amsterdam proper that you can see.
I wrote via tour to find out why the product that they have described online does not match what the tour company (Lindberg) describes in their brochure and they never responded.
Final word: if you want a hurried look Alkmaar and an hour to look at 2 windmills then this is the tour for you. If you want time to see the town in depth (and it is pretty) then take the train and save yourself a lot of money.
There were literally thousands of people at the market since it was holiday time. We couldn't see anything ! It was a rediculous waste of time and money -however the windmill film and tour was interesting and informative
Not the best but it was interesting. Liked other of your tours better.
Jocelyn H W
The tour director was informative and personable. But he did not escort us to the center of the town where the marketplace was so crowded. It would have been better to get there earlier in the day. We enjoyed visiting the cheese farm very much.
It was a great trip, but sadly the tour operators have made it a rushed affair. It would have been nice to have more time in Alkmaar in order to sample the great restaurants and characteristic shops. Unfortunately, no sooner are you off the coach than it's time to get back on again.
Other company's buses arrive at least 15 minutes before us. We had to stand far, far away at the loading end of the cheese market. Very hard to see what was going on. The windmills were nice even with 3 Euro charge.
This wasn't a tour at all. It was a bus ride to Alkmaar where we had free time in a very very very crowded market and had to really fight to see anything. Then they drove us to a windmill where we watched a video. The guide didn't really tell us anything at all.
The company was not only disorganized, but by leaving Amsterdam so late, we were not able to view the Cheese Market exhibition. We left late (partly because the company was looking for more tourists to fill the bus), but even if we had left on time, we would have arrived way too late to see anything. There were already hundreds of people crowding the square.
On the bus, the guide rambled on and on. Not very interesting or engaging, I'm afraid. This is one tour to avoid.
The windmill stop was pleasant enough, but not enough to give the company more stars.
I'm usually very forgiving when it come to tours, but this one was really a waste of time.
The trip got started late and we had very little time at the cheese auction. The guide never told us about the Cheese Museum which we found on our own and was fascinating. The second stop was at a windmill which you could only see if you paid. The guide did not know but our Museum Cards were valid. The "cheese factory" was a fake. There was no tour, merely a lady who spoke for 3 minutes about how cheese is made. We learned more at the Cheese Museum.